This past Spring two study groups in the congregation read and discussed Brian McLaren’s Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? The gist of the book is that Christians need to redefine themselves as strong and benevolent (not hostile) toward those of other faiths. At the end of our read we asked ourselves what step we might take to be that presence of love in a multi-faith world. Our answer was to host the local Muslim community for a meal and evening of story telling around their next observance, Ramadan.
This coming Sunday night, June 23, 6:30 p.m., we will gather in our fellowship hall to receive our interfaith guests and extend hospitality. After breaking bread and introductions we will invite them to share their own stories of Ramadan and what it means to them.
Peacemaking takes many forms and reaches in many directions. But one thing is for sure, peacemakers are blessed when they are actually doing it, making peace. It is something active, an action in the world that defies assumptions of the culture and society in which we live. And unless someone takes the first step and then the second … we will never cross a road together in peace, shalom, salem, paz or pax.